South Africa to host Champions League T20 2012

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Published: Tuesday, June 26, 2012, 13:43 [IST]
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South Africa to host Champions League

Bangalore, Jun 26: South Africa will host the Champions League Twenty20 2012 (CLT20) tournament this year in October, Sundar Raman, a member of CLT20's technical committee, said on Tuesday.

Raman tweeted on Tuesday afternoon, "South Africa will host CLT20 this year. All other details to follow soon."

Cape Town, Johannesburg, Centurion and Durban will be the venues this year.

Initially, it was announced that India would host the tournament but on Tuesday it was decided to give the hosting rights to South Africa. The reason for shifting the tournament out of India was due to monsoon.

South Africa, which hosted the Indian Premier League in 2009, has already organised CLT20 in 2010 when Chennai Super Kings won the event.

India hosted the tournament in 2008, 2009 and 2011. The tournament will feature domestic T20 champion clubs of various countries.

This year, from India, IPL 5 champions Kolkata Knight Riders, Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Daredevils have got direct entry. Last year, a qualifying phase was introduced and the fourth-placed IPL team was to play in that. In 2012, Mumbai Indians were to play the qualifiers but the IPL Governing Council have decided to include them as the fourth team.

Last year, Mumbai Indians won the tournament, under the captaincy of Harbhajan Singh. The inaugural edition was won by Australia's New South Wales (NSW) in 2008.

This year, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has proposed to invite a Pakistan team. So far, there was no participation from Pakistan. Sialkot Stallions, the champions of Pakistan will be the team in CLT20.


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